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Vacant CIO Posts

Date: Dec 17th 2013 to January 17th 2020

Welcome to our monthly update on CIO/CTO Turnover. This newsletter covers Tech function roles that spans CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and Head of Tech & Ops roles.

Some Stats for these Tech Execs Turnover  for the thirty days ended January 17, 2014:

13 new CIOs/CTOs were appointed
Little Diversity: Only one of the newly appointed executives is a woman (Hub Group)
Sourced Externally: five of the 13 appointments were internal promotions
There are 53 Open CIO/CTO & related roles listed,
Five of the 53 CIOs Wanted  were newly open in the last 30 days: ServiceNow (CA), Kindred Healthcare (KY), MedAmerica (PA), Care New England Health Systems (RI), and EZCorp (TX).

For more details on Open CIO roles and appointments, please refer to sections below on CIOs Wanted and CIOs Appointed.

Other recent reports:  CIO Succession; 2013 Trends in Tech. Company Boards and CEOs Wanted (latest Open CEO Posts and Appointments)

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CIOs Wanted


Intel Labs, Santa Clara, CA
Revenues: $53.34b
Intel Corporation designs and manufactures integrated digital technology platforms.
July 2013 - Justin Rattner, Intel's CTO and director of the company's labs, is stepping down to meet a requirement in the company's bylaws that employees cannot serve as corporate officers after the age of 65. Intel Labs will report to Intel President Renée James until further decisions related to its leadership are made.

Synaptics, San Jose, CA
Revenues: $663m
Synaptics is a developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface solutions that enable people to interact with a range of mobile computing, communications, entertainment, and other electronic devices.

November 2013 - Stanley A. Swearingen, Jr. resigned as CTO of the company. His successor is not yet named.

Cutera, Mountain View, CA
Revenues: $77.3m
Cutera, a medical device company, engages in the research, design, development of laser and other energy based aesthetics systems for practitioners worldwide.

September 2012 - Cutera announced the resignation of Leonard DeBenedictis, who is stepping down just 18-months after being named CTO of the Mountain View, Calif.-based aesthetic device maker. No replacement has been announced.

Polycom, San Jose, CA  
Revenues: $1.39m
Polycom is a provider of unified communications (UC) solutions and a provider of telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions based on open standards.

May 2013 – Polycom’s CIO, Arijit (Ari) Bose, has recently left the company, with no replacement announced yet.

American Pacific Mortgage, Roseville, CA 
Revenues: NA
American Pacific Mortgage is a retail mortgage lender in America.
August 2013 - American Pacific Mortgage is looking for a CIO, who will be a member of the executive team and provide leadership, planning and management for all areas of Information Services strategy, development and implementation..

Axesstel, San Diego, CA
Revenues: $59.7m
Axesstel provides wireless voice, broadband access and connected home solutions for the worldwide telecommunications markets.
September 2013 - On September 4, 2013, Stephen Sek tendered his resignation as Chief Technology Officer, effective September 30, 2013. Mr. Sek is leaving to accept a position with a company he worked with prior to joining Axesstel, Inc. in 2006.

Violin Memory, Santa Clara, CA
Revenues: $73.8m
Violin Memory develops a new class of flash-based storage systems that are designed to bring storage performance in-line with high-speed applications, servers and networks.

December 2013 - Violin Memory CTO Jonathan Goldrick has left the company, with no replacement announced.

LeapFrog Enterprises, Emeryville, CA
Revenues: $581m
LeapFrog Enterprises developes educational entertainment for children.

December 2013 – LeapFrog’s is looking for a CTO, who will have global responsibility for the implementation of critical customer facing applications and infrastructure systems in the organization as well as web development, software engineering and customer facing software quality assurance.

Splunk, San Francisco, CA
Revenues: $198m
Splunk provides a software platform. Splunk’s software collects and indexes data regardless of format or source, and enables users to search, correlate, analyze, monitor and report on this data, all in real time.

November 2013 – The Splunk IT team is looking for a Chief Information Security Officer. The CISO develops and maintains enterprise security and risk policies, oversees vendor and technology risk management, and influences user behavior. The CISO will report to CIO.

ServiceNow, San Diego, CA
Revenues: $243.7m
ServiceNow is a provider of cloud-based services to automate enterprise IT operations.

January 2014 – Arne Josefsberg, CTO of ServiceNow, resigned from the Company to join GoDaddy. No Details on Interim or Replacement has been announced.


Molycorp, Greenwood Village, CO
Revenues: $528m
Molycorp provides Rare Earths and Molybdenum products to companies.
March 2013 - Molycorp’s EVP & CTO John Burba, PhD., 60, has resigned, with no replacements announced.


University of Connecticut, Storrs Mansfield, CT
Revenues: NA
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is a public research university in Connecticut. Known as a Public Ivy, UConn was founded in 1881 and is a Land Grant and Sea Grant college & member of the Space Grant Consortium.
March 2013 - The University of Connecticut (UConn) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost and CIO. Reporting to the Provost, the CIO will provide executive leadership and strategic vision for the institution's information technology assets, infrastructure and services. The University of Connecticut will be assisted by Heidrick & Struggles.


Pinellas County Government, Clearwater, FL
Revenues: NA     
Pinellas County has 24 incorporated municipalities. All are governed by elected officials. City commissions generally consist of commissioners and a mayor.

July 2013 - Pinellas County is seeking candidates for the position of CIO. The position reports to a multi-participant BTS Board pursuant to an interlocal agreement and serves as the department head for our Business Technology Services Department which is a full service information technology department providing data communications support for LAN and WAN networks, applications development utilizing leading edge development products, departmental and enterprise server software support, desktop product support and computer operations support.

Lennar Corporation, Miami, FL 
Revenues: $3.72b     
Lennar Corporation is a homebuilder and a provider of financial services and through its Rialto Investments (Rialto) segment, an investor, and manager of funds that invest in real estate assets.

December 2013 – Lennar is looking for a CTO with experience in software development, product management, and/or quality assurance experience.


PRGX Global,Atlanta, GA
Revenues: $208.5m     
PRGX Global provides recovery audit services to businesses and government agencies having payment transactions.

May 2013 - PRGX Global CIO Michael Noel has quit, with no replacements announced.

SunGard,  Alpharetta, GA
Revenues: NA     
SunGard offers software and technology services worldwide.

December 2013 - SunGard is looking for iWorks CIO, with direct responsibility for all product initiatives across SunGard Insurance.


Groupon, Chicago, IL
Revenues: $2.33b
Groupon operates as a local commerce marketplace that connects merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount in North America and internationally.

November 2012 - Groupon is currently seeking a CIO, as Alan McIntosh has left the company.

Horace Mann, Springfield, IL
Revenues: NA
Horace Mann is the largest, national multiline insurance company focusing on educators’ financial needs with more than $7 billion in assets. Horace Mann offers auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance and other financial solutions to educators and their families.

May 2013 - Horace Mann is currently seeking a CIO to replace Mark Hansen, who recently left the company.

United Stationers, Deerfield, IL
Revenues: $5.08b
United Stationers is a wholesale distributor of business products, including technology products, traditional office products, office furniture, janitorial and breakroom supplies, and industrial supplies.

August 2013 - S. David Bent, Senior Vice President of eBusiness Services and Corporate CIO, will be leaving United Stationers to pursue a new career opportunity. No replacements announced.

Federal Signal Corporation, Oak Brook, IL
Revenues: $803m
Federal Signal Corporation designs and manufactures a suite of products and integrated solutions for municipal, governmental, industrial and commercial customers.

July 2013 - Federal Signal Corporation announced that on July 18, 2013, Charles F. Avery, Jr. submitted to the Company his notice of his intention to resign as the CP, Corporate Controller and CIO, effective July 31, 2013. No replacements announced.

Lawson Products, Chicago, IL
Revenues: $290m
Lawson Products distributes products and services to the industrial, commercial, institutional, and governmental maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) marketplace.

November 2013 - Mr. Robert O. Border, SVP, CIO of Lawson Products notified the Company that he is leaving his current position effective December 1, 2013 to pursue a senior level position with another organization. No replacement has been announced yet.


1st Source Bank, South Bend, IN
Revenues: NA
Founded in 1863 in South Bend, Indiana, 1st Source bank remains the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the northern Indiana-southwestern Michigan area.

September 2013 - 1st Source Bank seeks to recruit a CIO who will be responsible for providing vision and leadership in developing and implementing information technology initiatives and for managing the Information Technology Group.


Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, KY
Revenues: $6.2b
Kindred Healthcare is a healthcare services company that operates hospitals (IRFs), nursing and rehabilitation centers, and a home health and hospice business.

January 2014 - Richard E. Chapman, 63, retired as EVP/Chief Administrative and Information Officer of healthcare services company Kindred Healthcare. Many of Chapman’s duties have been assumed by Steve Cunanan, Kindred’s chief people officer. The company is conducting a national search for a new CIO.

Maryland, Potomac, MD
Revenues: Private provides an online marketplace for domain names as well as revenue-sharing and brand development opportunities for individuals and corporations.   

February 2013 - Chad Bennett, who  served as President and Chief Technical Officer at Michael Mann's aftermarket sales venue,, for the past 10 months has stepped down from that position.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Hampstead, MD
Revenues: $1.04b
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers is a designer, manufacturer, retailer and direct marketer (through stores, catalog call center and Internet) of men’s tailored and casual clothing and accessories and is a retailer of tuxedo rental products.   

June 2013 - Jos. A. Bank Clothiers is currently seeking a Chief Technology Officer.

Food & Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD 
Revenues: NA
Department of Health & Human Services, Food & Drug Administration. The FDA is a Federal scientific law enforcement agency with the legislated responsibility for ensuring that drugs, biological products and medical devices are safe and effective, that food and drugs are adequately packaged and informatively labeled and that radiation emitting devices are safe, and to prevent and reduce tobacco use.   

September 2013- Food & Drug Administration office is looking for a CIO.


Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston, MA
Revenues: NA
The Boston Redevelopment Authority is Boston's Planning and Economic Development Agency.   

June 2013 - The Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston’s Planning & Economic Development Agency, is seeking candidates for the key position of CIO.


Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 
Revenues: NA
Montana State University (MSU) is a public university located in Bozeman, Montana, United States.
May 2013 – Montana State University President Waded Cruzado has appointed Adam Edelman as interim CIO and Anne Milkovich as interim associate CIO of MSU's Information Technology Center operations. The appointments are effective immediately. The appointments were made following the death of CIO Dewitt Latimer in a motorcycle accident on May 5. Edelman and Milkovich will share administrative responsibilities for IT Center operations that promote, develop and deliver information technology services and resources to the MSU campus.

New Jersey

Hill International, Marlton, NJ
Revenues: $417m
Hill International is a worldwide construction consulting firm headquartered in Marlton, NJ.

November 2013 – The company is seeking an experienced CIO.

Wakefern Food Corp, Keasbey, NJ
Revenues: NA
The Wakefern Food Corporation, founded in 1946, is the largest Retailers' co-operative group of supermarkets in the United States.

November 2013 – Wakefern Food Corp. CIO and SVP Natan Tabak has retired from the Keasbey, N.J.-based retail cooperative..

New York

Adecco Group North America, Melville, NY
Revenues: NA
Adecco Group North America is the nation’s leading provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. We are the pre-eminent workforce management partner for Fortune 500 companies and career advisement expert for American workers, serving all of the key industries and professions that drive our economy forward.

June 2013 – Adecco’s CIO, Information Technology, Bryan Ackermann, has joined Korn/Ferry as CIO. Adecco hasn’t announced any replacement yet.

North American Breweries, Rochester, NY
Revenues: NA
North American Breweries (NAB) is the national platform for investments and growth in the beer and malt beverages industries for KPS Capital Partners, LP. NAB acquired Genesee Brewing Company, Labatt USA and a perpetual license for Seagram's Escapes from Pernod Ricard USA, LLC in 2009. The combination created the largest independently-owned beer company in the U.S.

July 2013 – The company is looking for a CIO, who will be responsible for managing the company’s IT organization in order to maintain and enhance the systems that enable business performance. 

Business Insider, New York, NY
Revenues: NA
Business Insider is a U.S. business and technology news website launched in February 2009 and based in New York City.

September 2013 – Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson was forced to resign following Twitter firestorm. 

North Carolina

SunGard Higher Education, Hickory, NC
Revenues: NA
SunGard Higher Education serves colleges, universities and foundations in 40 countries worldwide. Through its Open Digital Campus strategy, SunGard collaborates with the higher education community and provides software and services to help institutions find better ways to teach, learn, manage and connect.

November 2013 – The company is seeking an experienced CIO.


Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Revenues: NA
The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.
June 2013 - The Ohio State University CIO has resigned after five years. Mike Hofherr, associate vice president for Distance Education and eLearning, will be in charge of the OCIO while OSU searches for a replacement for Starkoff.


City of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 
Revenues: NA
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the US state of Oklahoma and 45th-largest city in the United States.
December 2012 - Tulsa's CIO Tom Golliver, who has been on paid administrative leave since October, has submitted his resignation effective Dec. 31 2012. City Manager Jim Twombly told the Tulsa World that firms are being interviewed to conduct a top-down review of the IT Department.


State of Oregon - Department of Administrative Services, Salem, OR
Revenues: NA
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is the central administrative agency of Oregon state government.
September 2013 - Oregon's Department of Administrative Services, the central administrative agency of the Oregon state government, is conducting a search for a new State Chief Information Officer (State CIO). This position is located in Salem, Oregon.


MedAmerica, Pittsburgh, PA
Revenues: NA
MedAmerica is a nationally recognized medical practice support and consulting company that provides innovative products and services to support emergency, primary and hospital-based care in today's complex environment.
January 2014 - MedAmerica is hiring: CIO, responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the IT vision, goals, and initiatives that support the long term objectives and mission of MedAmerica and CEP America.

Rhode Island

Care New England Health System, Providence, RI  
Revenues: NA
CNE is a dynamic health system that has been growing rapidly and consists of four hospitals, numerous employed and affiliated physician groups, and other healthcare units.
January 2014 - Care New England (CNE) is seeking a SVP and CIO. This new leader will provide strategic and visionary leadership system wide and operate as a trusted member of the senior leadership team.


RadioShack Corporation, Fort Worth, TX   
Revenues: $4.25b
RadioShack Corporation (RadioShack) is engaged in the retail sale of consumer electronics goods and services through its RadioShack store chain.
June 2013 - RadioShack Corporation announced that Ms. Sharon Stufflebeme, the Company's Senior Vice President and CIO, resigned to pursue other interests. Ms. Stufflebeme's duties will be temporarily assumed by various members of the Company's management while the Company commences a search for a replacement.

EZCORP, Austin, TX   
Revenues: $1.0b
EZCORP is engaged in delivering instant cash solutions to customers across channels, products, services and markets.
January 2014 - The company is looking for a CIO, who will have responsibility for developing and leading the technology strategy, ensuring alignment with strategic direction.


The Seattle Times Company, Seattle, WA
Revenues: NA
The Seattle Times is a newspaper serving Seattle, Washington, US. It is the largest daily newspaper in the state of Washington.

September 2013 - The Seattle Times is seeking a CTO.


American Wind Energy Association, Washington, DC
Revenues: NA
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is a national trade association formed in 1974 and representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, and others involved in the wind industry.

March 2013 - AWEA is currently seeking a CIO, as Thad Lurie has left the post.

United States Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 
Revenues: NA
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, with the primary responsibilities of protecting the US from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters.
May 2013 - Richard Spires, one of the most visible and active IT leaders in the federal government, has resigned his position as CIO of the Department of Homeland Security. Margie Graves continues to serve as the acting CIO.


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI      
Revenues: NA
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), a doctoral/research intensive University, is Wisconsins premier public urban university, offering a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education at the undergraduate and graduate level to its 30,000 students.

March 2013 – The University is looking for an Associate Vice Chancellor for IT who will serve as the university’s CIO. Jacques du Plessis is Interim CIO.


Hudson's Bay Company, Toronto, ON    
Revenues: $4.07b
Hudson’s Bay Company operates as a retailer offering a selection branded merchandise in Canada and the United States, including: the Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters.

July 2012 - Hudson's Bay Company is currently seeking a CIO, as Ron Blahnik has left the post. Dan Smith is the Acting CIO.

University of Calgary, Calgary, AB    
Revenues: NA
The University of Calgary is a comprehensive research university, ranked one of Canada’s top seven research universities and a member of the 13 most research intensive universities in Canada (the G13), combining the best of long-established university traditions with the city of Calgary’s vibrant energy and diversity.

July 2013 - The University's Senior Leadership Team is currently seeking a Full-time CIO.

SaskTel, Regina, Saskatchewan   
Revenues: $1.2b
SaskTel is a major player in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Operating as a provincial Crown Corporation, SaskTel is the leading full-service communications provider in Saskatchewan with $1.2 billion in annual revenues, more than 1.4 million customer connections and a workforce of over 4,000 employees.

July 2013 – The company is looking for a CIO, who’s role is to align SaskTel’s IT vision with business strategy by integrating company business processes with innovative and leading edge technologies and applications.

WestJet Airlines, Calgary, AB   
Revenues: $3.13b
WestJet Airlines provides airline service and travel packages with scheduled service to more than 85 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and has partnership agreements with over 30 airlines around the world.

December 2013 – WestJet Airlines is looking for an EVP & CIO. Korn/Ferry is leading the search.

Other International

ABB, Zurich, Switzerland    
Revenues: $39.33b
ABB is engaged in power and automation technologies. The Company provides a range of products, systems, solutions and services.

May 2013 - ABB, the Swiss engineering group, is looking for a new CTO after Prith Banerjee quit. Claes Rytoft, head of technology at the Power Systems division, will be interim CTO as ABB searches internally and externally to fill the position.

Flextronics International, Singapore   
Revenues: $23.56b
Flextronics International Ltd. provides design and manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide.

March 2013 - AstraZeneca has appointed David Smoley as its new CIO. Smoley joins AstraZeneca from Flextronics International where he was SVP and CIO.

Deutsche Boerse, Eschborn, Germany   
Revenues: NA
Deutsche Boerse AG is a Germany-based international financial marketplace operator. It operates four business segments: Xetra; Eurex; Clearstream, and Market Data & Analytics.

October 2013 - Deutsche Borse CTO and Clearstream CIO, Yves Baguet, leaves. His CIO responsibilities will be taken over by Richard Green, who is currently running one of Clearstream's application development departments. Green will also take over the CTO role on an interim basis.

Woolworths, NSW, Australia   
Revenues: $58.5b
Woolworths is the largest supermarket/grocery store chain in Australia, owned by Woolworths Limited.

October 2013 - A global search is reportedly underway for the replacement of Woolworths’s CIO, Dan Beechman, who confirmed his departure from the chain.

Barclays Plc, London, England
Revenues: $21.12b
Barclays is a global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, wholesale banking, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services.

November 2013 - Shaygan Kheradpir, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, is leaving Barclays. Darryl West, Barclays’ CIO, will act as Interim Group Chief Operations and Technology Officer. An internal and external search will be launched for the post.

CIOs Appointed

Date Range: December 17th 2013 - January 17th 2014


  • GoDaddy: Hosting provider GoDaddy hired ServiceNow CTO and former Microsoft veteran Arne Josefsberg as its new CIO.


  • VMware: VMware appoints SVP, R&D Ben Fathi to the role of CTO
  • Mountain View: The city appoints AlphaDetail execs Roger Jensen as its first CIO.


  • National CineMedia: Former Nextel and IBM exec Alfonso P. Rosabal, Jr., 43, was appointed as EVP, COO & CTO.


  • Office Depot: Office Depot appointed SVP, North American CIO Todd Hale as SVP & Global CIO


  • Hub Group: Former Motorola exec Catherine Kozik joins as CIO of Hub Group, a leading provider of comprehensive intermodal, truck brokerage and logistics services.


  • Polaris Industries: Off-road vehicles company Polaris Industries appoints long-timer Matt Emmerich as CIO, replacing Bill Fisher who retires.

New York

  • Time, Inc.: The Time Warner division appointed Amazon exec Colin Bodell to the newly created role of  EVP & CTO.
  • Goldman Sachs: Goldman Sachs appointed 20-year company veteran George Lee to the newly-created CIO post for the investment banking division.
  • LivePerson: The online engagement solutions Company appoints former Sun Microsystems and Oracle exec Eran Vanounou as CTO.


  • inContact: inContact, the cloud-based contact center solutions firm, named Julian Critchfield, GE Healthcare’s Global CTO and GM of Specialty Solutions, as EVP and CTO.


  • Microsoft: Jim Dubois, VP of IT product and services management, who was serving as interim CIO, has been named CIO.
  • T-Mobile: T-Mobile taps former Avon, Barnes & Noble exec Gary King as new CIO.



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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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